Taking the kids to see live theatre is such a fun experience. It’s adorable to watch young faces light up with joy and hear their giggles of happiness as they engage in storytelling, music and magic that comes with live performances. Sharing these memories with the kids is something really special. As always, there are so many awesome productions scheduled in Austin! We wanted to share a round-up of these events with you so you can get your tickets and mark your calendars.

Upcoming Children’s Theatre & Family Shows in Austin:

Wake Up, Brother Bear! @ ZACH North
through April 2, 2019, Sundays at 2 p.m.
Enjoy a magical experience for your little ones. In this immersive, intimate setting, children (ages 6 and under) are invited to actually join the action and interact with characters Brother Bear and Sister Bear as they go through a year of glorious seasons together  — see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Kids are made to feel part of the show and experience live storytelling in a whole new format! Run time is 35 minutes. Tickets are $12, and can be purchased online here.

Photo from ZACH Theatre

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing @ ZACH Theatre
January 13-26, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.
n this modern-day fairy tale, three young sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father and three resolutions are made: One sister takes one path, one sister a different path, and the third decides to stay right where she is. After twenty years of wild adventure, heartbreak, and big victories, the three meet again as women. An imaginative blend of creative puppetry, live music, and fantastical storytelling, this is a story of family and friendship you won’t want to miss! Recommended for ages 5 & up. Tickets are $18 (Youth) and $24 (Adult) and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541.

Tortoise and Hare @ ZACH Theatre
through January 27, 2019, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.
Based on the classic story by Aesop, Tortoise and Hare is a children’s musical written by the talented team of Allen Robertson and Damon Brown (known locally for their work as the Biscuit Brothers duo), with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable under the direction of Nat Miller. Recommended for ages 5 & up. Tickets are $18 (Youth) and $24 (Adult) and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541.

The Very Nervous Caterpillar @ Thinkery
January 18 & 19, 6 p.m.
In this fun, interactive collaboration between ZACH Theatre and Thinkery, families meet a Caterpillar who is too nervous to come out of its chrysalis and is having a very bad day. Join Thinkery tour guides around the museum as the audience meet Chef the Hare, Mole the artist, Beaver the plumber, Dr. Adventurous the Inventor, and an aviator Penguin and help them solve problems and solve the mystery of the Caterpillar!  Recommend for ages 4 and up. Tickets range from $11 – $15 and are available online here.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show @ Paramount Theatre
January 27, 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 – selling more than 45 million copies worldwide and captivating readers with the colorful, hand-painted tissue collage illustrations. This timeless classic leaps off the page and onto the stage in a new critically acclaimed production. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 charming puppets, faithfully adapting four Eric Carle stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly; and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Best for Pre-K – 2nd Grade. Tickets: $10 – $18 available online here.

Photo from The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Facebook page

The Amazing AcroCats and The Rock Cats @ Paramount Theatre
February 5 – 7
This one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (all former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. You’ll also get to see The Rock Cats, the only cat band in existence. A portion of every shows’ ticket sales go toward cat and kitten rescue. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased online here.

Rap Unzel @ Austin Scottish Rite Theatre
February 9 – March 3, Saturdays & Sundays at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
See this original musical adaption of ‘Rapunzel’ by Jeremy Rashad Brown with music by SaulPaul. A story for all ages about #BlackBoyJoy and Rap’s journey of self-care and hair! Tickets are $10 for children under age 12, and $15 for ages 12 & up. for tickets, please click here.

Paw Patrol LIVE: The Great Pirate Adventure @ Bass Concert Hall
February 22 – 24, multiple showtimes
It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! Tickets are $26-$84, which you can purchase online here.

Photo from the Paw Patrol LIVE Facebook page

Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall @ Paramount Theatre
February 24, 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that. In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the very young—and young at heart. Best for K – 5th Grade.

PJ Masks LIVE: Save the Day @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
March 6, 6 p.m.
PJ Masks are back with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ MASKS! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe! Tickets range from $29.50-$55, available online here.

Photo from PJ Masks LIVE Facebook page

March 21 – 30, various showtimes

No matter where you look, inside or outside of the house, it seems like everything is round. Except for everything that isn’t….. This fun new play from Pollyanna Theatre Company for children ages 2 – 4 challenges them to see shapes all around them, no matter where they look. Tickets are $7.25, available here.

American Girl Live @ Paramount Theatre
March 30, 3 p.m.
American Girl Live is a touring musical production, featuring all-original songs. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online here.

Matilda the Musical @ ZACH Theatre
April 3 – May 12, variety of showtimes
Take a journey through the world of the Tony Award®-winning hit, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! Matilda is an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. When she has finally had enough of her unscrupulous parents and tyrannical headmistress, she enlists the help of her friends—and favorite teacher Miss Honey—and bravely takes matters into her own hands to become the biggest little hero. Matilda is sure to delight and empower audiences of all generations. Tickets start at $25 and up, available online here.

Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal @ Austin Scottish Rite Theatre
April 6-28, Saturdays & Sundays at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Enjoy pirate adventure like you’ve never seen before! Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal is a favorite English classic with a Bollywood twist. The Sacred Cowgirls, Devi Dance Company, and Austin Scottish Rite Theater present music, dance, and action on the high seas! Tickets will be available online here.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
May 8 – 12, variety of showtimes
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. The set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, enhanced by state-of-the art special effects. Tickets range from $16-$55, available online here.

Even More! You might also like to take the kids to one of these family-friendly concerts & aerial performances, and take note of these other shows coming up in late spring: